By Alan Davies
Thursday, February 7, 2013
ANOTHER nine acts have been added to the 2013 Slam Dunk Festival line-up for the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.
The day-long pop-punk, ska, rock and metal music festival returns to the Forum Hertfordshire, in College Lane, on Sunday, May 26.
And organisers of SDF13 added this week Deaf Havana, King Prawn, Allister, Transit, Me Vs Hero, Yashin, The Word Alive, Our Last Night and Jonny Craig to the Slam Dunk South bill, as well as the North and Midlands legs in Leeds and Wolverhampton over the same weekend.
Slam Dunk will see the first UK full live performances in 2013 of upcoming rock band Deaf Havana, who are playing only a handful of festival performances this summer.
“We are really excited to get back to Slam Dunk,” said the group.
“We kind of made a promise to not do much whilst writing and recording our new album but we always have an amazing time at Slam Dunk, and with the added Wolves show we cannot wait. Plus the after-show, well...bit of fun isn’t it?”
The band will use these shows to exclusively air new material from the album they are currently away recording.
Slam Dunk will also see a special reunion of titans of the UK ska punk scene King Prawn, who will be playing their first show in 10 years at the 2013 festival.
A statement from the band said: “We hope you’ll join us in sharing a leisurely stroll through some of our finest material both old and older in a set jam-packed with firm favourites the whole family can enjoy.”
Already boasting one of the best pop-punk line-ups assembled by Slam Dunk, the festival will also feature Chicago heroes Allister.
For the 10th anniversary of its UK release, they will be playing their seminal album Last Stop Suburbia in full and fans can expect a mass singalong to pop-punk anthem Somewhere On Fullerton.
Not stopping there, Slam Dunk is proud to see the return of US pop-punk band Transit and probably the biggest true pop-punk band in the UK, Me Vs Hero.
For something a little heavier, Scottish post-hardcore metallers Yashin, who announced last week they would be playing the new Irish Slam Dunk show, can now confirm they will be joining the bill for the main three festivals.
After being one of the hottest new bands of last year, The Word Alive will also be tearing things up for the second year in a row, but this time will be bringing Our Last Night with them.
And, after last playing Slam Dunk Festival with Dance Gavin Dance, the always controversial Jonny Craig will no doubt bring an army of loyal fans to hear songs from his previous bands and new solo material.
The new additions join the previously announced All Time Low, Four Year Strong, Sleeping With Sirens, The Skints, Pierce The Veil, The Early November, We Are The Ocean, The Wonder Years, Memphis May Fire, Streetlight Manifesto, Andrew McMahon, Senses Fail, Woe Is Me, Polar Bear Club, Man Overboard, The Summer Set, Mallory Knox, MC Lars, Fireworks, The Story So Far, Handguns and Hands Like Houses on the Slam Dunk poster.
The bands will be playing across seven stages, with more acts to be announced.
Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield are £34, or £38 including the infamous after-show party.
For details go to www.slamdunkmusic.com